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WA Lege Day 52: How much ed reform, how fast?

OLYMPIA – Gov. Chris Gregoire repeated her call for a giant leap forward in education reform Wednesday while the Legislature showed it was inclined to take baby steps.
Gregoire gathered with a handful of legislators, a parent and a Boeing executive to give another push to a plan she unveiled in January. All the state’s various offices, agencies, boards and commissions for education, from pre-school children through doctoral programs, should be in one department overseen by a secretary appointed by the governor, she said.
“It’s not adequate for tomorrow, it’s not even adequate for today” she said of the state’s scattered authorities on education. “Everybody’s defending their turf.”
But even one legislator she invited to the press conference cast doubt on the chances the Legislature would move the state’s colleges and universities into a department with pre-school and kindergarten through high school.
Rep. Kathy Haigh, D-Shelton, the chairwoman of the House Education Appropriations and Oversight Committee, said the House was more likely to pass a bill to set up a council to study a way to consolidate education into a single agency and come up with a transition plan. “I did not feel her plan was going to make it through,” Haigh said of the bill she proposed to take the place of Gregoire’s.
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